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Midday index, ETF option volumes

Chris McKhann (chris.mckhann@optionmonster.com)

Total option volume just tops 5.5 million contracts so far today, with the usual suspects in the indexes and ETFs top the activity, optionMONSTER data systems show.

The SPDR S&P 500 Fund (:SPY) has 556,000 options traded, with a put/call ratio of almost 2 to 1. The iShares Emerging Markets Fund (:EEM) has seen 266,000 options trade, with 161,000 calls.

The PowerShares QQQ Trust (:QQQ) has 195,000 contracts changing hands, with slightly more puts than calls. Following are the S&P 500 Index (:SPX) options at 172,000, with puts outpacing calls by more than 2 to 1. Next up are 169,000 options in the CBOE Volatility Index (:VIX), which itself is derived from the SPX options, with 101,000 calls.

The iShares Russell 2000 Fund (:IWM) has 125,000 contracts turning over, led by 89,000 puts. The iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures Note (:VXX) has 110,000 options traded, with 64,000 puts.

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